As the name suggests, this cocktail is a twist on the classic Manhattan. One way in which it differs is that there is actually no vermouth. It is widely considered one of the simpler and more elegant twists on the drink.
Anise has a very distinct taste, so those who aren’t fans of it might want to stay away from this one.
- 4 parts of bourbon whiskey
- 1 part vanilla liqueur
- 1 part Grand Marnier orange liqueur
- 3 or 4 drops of anise—flavored liqueur
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass
For those who want to find an acceptable replacement for the absinthe liquor, one can use absinthe if they are feeling adventurous. Pernod and Herbsaint are probably among the most popular options. Of course, there are many vanilla liqueurs out there to choose from, as well. The vanilla and orange flavors definitely give the Mile High its unique taste. Its also not clear exactly how the drink got its name. Denver is typically known as the Mile High City, because the actual elevation of the entire city happens to be exactly one mile, or 5,280 feet, above sea level.
It is unknown whether Denver actually has any association with the cocktail, though. The mile high club is also slang for people who have had sexual intercourse on a plane, for those who do not know. Some of the more common garnishes include orange zests and maraschino cherries, although these are by no means necessary. There is also a variation where some people choose to include a couple of dashes of bitters, but of course, this depends on the individuals preference. For those who love classic cocktails with a twist, try a Mile High Manhattan today!